The beautiful, ever-changing seasons, romantic atmosphere, the large number of bridges, canals, breath-taking, ancient palaces and piazzas makes Venice unequivocally one of the most enchanting and popular tourist destinations of the world. When making a visit to this place, one often gets confused while making a choice of a place to stay in Venice. Here is a guide to some of the best locations for staying in this beautiful city:
San Marco is all about the splendor and magic of Piazza San Marco. It is centrally located, close to the Grand Canal and Campo San Angelo. One may even eat well within one’s budget here. However, to stay here, one has to cope with the hustle bustle of the crowds which requires extreme caution.
Dorsoduro lies across the Grand Canal and provides easy access to the Accademia museum, the Guggenheim museum, The Zattere, a wide walkway along the Guidecca canal and Piazzale Roma. The night life here is more happening than anywhere else. Bars and stores to fulfill all basic requirements, restaurants and pizzerias in every price range are all easily accessible here.
San Polo and Rialto
San Polo, the second largest square of Venice is a medieval area, full of criss-crossing streets, lined with some of the most famous shops for both tourist and resident requirements. Bars, restaurants and other tourist attractions are easily accessible from here. The Rialto Bridge, providing exquisite views and gondola pick-ups, becomes quite crowded during the high season.
Campo San Giacomo dell’ Orio, with two of the greatest bars of Venice and one of the cheapest and best restaurants, La Zucca is found here. The evenings here are bright and lively. Pizzerias and cafes line the pavements and provided cheap yet tasty dinners.
Lying north of Santa Croce, Cannaregio is close to a pick-up point for gondola rides. Shops, bars and restaurants line the thoroughfare that runs from the train station to the Rialto Bridge. Some of the best wine bars, like La Cantina and restaurants like Fondamenta Misercordia as well as picturesque canals and campi are found here.
Northern part of Castello is a super area for tourists to stay, but the part of Castello running along the Riva Degli Schiavoni is to be avoided. Via Garibaldi, one of the widest streets of Venice can give you a taste of Venetian street life while places like church of San Pietro di Castello, the giant shipyard where Venice’s warships were built, Fondamenta Nove, the walkway along the Northern lagoon and a few others all lie in this area.